Sunday, May 26, 2013

1977 Topps Baseball #525 - Dennis Eckersley

  • This was the last of Dennis Eckersley's three seasons in Cleveland. Dennis made the AL All Star team as a replacement for Nolan Ryan (he pitched two no-hit innings), but he pitched no complete games and the Indians were concerned about how his delivery would affect his arm. There was also an awkward situation caused by teammate Rick Manning having an affair with Eckersley's wife. After the 1977 season Eckersley was traded to the Boston Red Sox.
  • Dennis Eckersley's SABR biography.
  • 1977 Stats: 14-13, 3.53 ERA in 33 starts
  • 1977 Highlights:
    • May 30 - Pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against the California Angels. A first inning walk to Tony Solaita was the only thing that kept Dennis from a perfect game.
    • June 3 - Gave up a home run to Ruppert  Jones in the sixth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners. Dennis fell 2/3 of an inning short of equalling Cy Young's record of 23 consecutive hitless innings.
    • Aug 27 - Pitched a 4-hit shutout against the Mariners for his 13th win of the year.
  • Other card blogs: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1993

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